IAN FENWICK 1952 - 2015
Between entry for the 50th Anniversary show and submission, Ian Fenwick, our treasurer, finally succumbed to the illness from which he had been suffering.
The week before his death, he very bravely attended an organisational meeting bringing with him some of his latest concepts and designs, which all thought were representative of his best work.
Ian's contributions to Artists 303 were highly personal and distinctive, paintings and reliefs celebrating geometric abstraction in vivid shapes and colours artfully composed to make vibrant impact.
Those fortunate enough to know him, will remember a modest and unassuming man with many qualities – especially an appreciation of the work and achievements of other members at meetings, with a warm sense of irony, and ability to identify with the importance of creativity. It was felt appropriate to make a display of the pieces Ian had selected for this exhibition. We are indebted to his wife Lesley for her willingness to provide these works at such a difficult time, as a fitting tribute to Ian's vision, technical skills and personality.
I trained in sculpture and at present am making coloured, abstract reliefs.
It begins with the simple pleasure of making; of going from the roughest scribble to a finished piece: developing drawings, struggling with materials, incorporating new ideas and solving problems encountered on the way.
I like to make things so my artwork tends to be sculptural. I create multi-part constructions rather than moulded or carved objects because I prefer a combination of diverse elements in layered compositions that are busy, bright, ‘unstable’ and so suggestive of movement. Painting these constructions allows me to play with the tension between two and three dimensions; between surface and solidity.